Philippines in Bible Prophecy

Posted By on October 20, 2010

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It is interesting to know for all the Filipinos that the Philippine country is prophetically mentioned in the Bible. The Bible foretold that somewhere in the East will give glory to the Lord in the islands of the sea.

In the book of Isaiah 24:15 reads “Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD; exalt the name of the LORD, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea” (NIV).

In the year 1521, Spanish and Portuguese explorer headed by Ferdinand Magellan arrived in the country and landed the seashore of Limasawa in the Philippine Island.

Before the arrival of the Spanish explorer, native people of the land were low profile and politically unstable that the Spanish are looking into that as an advantage for them to convert the people to Christianity by Roman Catholicism. Spanish were able to convert the native people of the land except the Muslim Sultanates that continuously opposed against the colonial rule from 1521 – 1898.

Most Filipinos and historians believed that the prophecy of the Bible was fulfilled by the coming of the Spaniards and Christianizing the indigenous people in the land.  From that time the Philippines was recognized as the only Christian in Pacific archipelago covering East Asia that qualifies of fulfilling the prophecy in the book of Isaiah 24:15.

That is exactly what is mentioned in the history and research books based on the findings of historian and archeologist that the Philippines is the only country in the east with multitude of islands and the only Christian country in East Asia.

Moreover, this article will present the biblical facts how the Philippines fulfill the prophecy in the book of Isaiah chapter 24.

First, we will establish the concrete background of Christianity from the Bible and then let us glance how Christianity arrived in the Philippine Country in the Far East of Asia.

In the Bible we would learned where Christianity started and how first believers of Jesus Christ becomes Christian.

In the book of Acts 11:26 we will notice that Christianity started in Antioch where disciples are called the first Christian in Antioch. Originally, the Christian disciples in Antioch were the Christian Jews converted during the time when believers from Jerusalem were scattered abroad because of the persecution that arose about Stephen (Acts 11:19).

Christians are the people called by God unto Him as congregation or a Church. The Church was built upon the rock by Jesus Christ himself (Matthew 16:18), and the Church of Jesus Christ was established in Jerusalem (Acts 8:1, 11:22).

With the preceding information regarding the Church and the first Christian believers in the Bible, we have now the basis of considering our claimed as Christian if it is in accordance to the Christian faith and belief of the first Christian in Antioch and of the believers in the Church of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem.

Going back to the main subject of this article on how the Philippine becomes eligible to fulfill the prophecy of Christianity in the country.

Knowing first that genuine Christians were from Jerusalem (Acts 8:1, 11:22), as a Church built upon the rock by our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:18). They were called Christians after the name Christ. This is because, beginning from Jerusalem, repentance and remission of sins should be preached in the name Jesus Christ (Luke 24:47). This is the reason we are called Christian because we put the name Christ up to ourselves.

Christians from Jerusalem were witnesses of Jesus Christ both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8) and surely this includes the Philippines.

The reason why God allows the persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem that even they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria (Acts 8:1) so that they will preach the gospel all over the world including the Philippines.

Now, we knew that all Apostles of Jesus Crist were all dead. They could not able to arrive to the Philippines to preach the WHOLE TRUTH of Christianity.

Don’t worry! We have answers from the bible. Yes! They were all dead long time ago without reaching the Philippines to preach the whole truth of Christianity.

But here is the biblical answer.

The Apostles were put in trust of the gospel (1Thessalonians 2:4), therefore God called every believers by the gospel brought to you by the Apostles (2Thessalonians 2:14). Paul is an apostle to the gentiles (1Timothy 2:7, 2Timothy 1:11, Romans 11:13) teaching the gentiles by word of the mouth when he was still alive, and when he was dead he taught by letter (2Thessalonians 2:15). This is through the Bible. That’s why Paul was the apostle who has contributed most of the New Testament writings in the Bible.

Now, genuine faith of Christianity arrived in the Philippines by means of no other way but by the Apostolic Doctrine based on Bible alone. We will not trust anybody when it comes to spiritual belief. The Bible warns everyone by saying “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man” (Jeremiah 17:5). As far as SALVATION is concerned, we cannot trust it to anybody. Only Apostles were the people allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel (1Thessalonians 2:4).

The only way to make our faith sure and genuine is to make sure that our faith is based on Jerusalem Christians. Other faith than the faith of Jerusalem Christian believers is bogus and useless.

We will not deviate from whatever doctrine taught by Jerusalem Christians. If they taught water baptism in a manner of immersion under water in the name of Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38), we must follow the same procedure. If they taught repentance (Luke 13:3,5) before water baptism, we do it the same. If they taught baptism of the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:5, 2:38, 10:47, 11:16), we must believe it. If they taught One Lord, one faith, one baptism (Ephesians 4:5) we must follow it. Why will you make our own version of salvation? Are you better than the Apostles and early Christians from Jerusalem? Please don’t compromise your salvation by foreign and none-Biblical teaching.

As gentiles, God appointed Apostle Paul to preacher and teacher to the gentiles (1Timothy 2:7, 2Timothy 1:11, Romans 11:13).

No matter how good it seems to be the gospel of the deceiver, we still cling to the truth of the Bible. Even if an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the gospel from the Apostles, let him be eternally condemned (Galatians 1:8). With this verse we are warned not to accept whatever gospel brought by anyone.

Philippines country becomes a Christian nation not because of the Spanish explorer. Yes I admit that Catholic Christian was the first Christian religion of the country and the reason to become a Christian nation in the whole Pacific archipelago covering East Asia. But Roman Catholicism is just a stepping stone to the FULL Truth of Christianity.

Full TRUTH of Christianity is based on the Bible by means of the Apostles and not by Ferdinand Magellan and Catholic priests because priest was cut off (Hosea 4:6) and given to the Five Fold Ministry (Ephesians 4:11).

This is how the Philippines fulfill the biblical prophecy in the book of Isaiah 24:15 and became a Christian country of the Far East Asia.

So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter (2Thessalonians 2:15).

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9 Responses to “Philippines in Bible Prophecy”

  1. isabelo says:

    brother vince, i am a pastor of church of christ here in real quezon. our group found many biblical evidence about philippines in bible prophecy. Infact i had already powerpoint presentations such as “ang pagtawag ng Kristo sa Pilipinas” “Pilipinas ay siyang ophir” “Bakit walang Pilipino ang dapat na naghihirap”

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  5. Yahshua says:

    The Mystery of the Magi

    We usually don’t think about it, but our Lord’s name was not always Jesus. It was in fact originally the popular Aramaic name Yeshu’a. In first century Judea and Galilee, the name Yeshu’a was very common and shared fifth place with Eleazar (Lazarus) in popularity as a name for Jewish men. The most popular male names at that time were Shime’on (Simon), Yosef (Joseph), Yehuda (Judah or Judas) and Yochanan (John).
    In the Holy Land at the time of Christ, Aramaic had replaced Hebrew in everyday conversation, but Hebrew remained the holy language and was used in worship and daily prayers. The rabbis also used Hebrew when instructing their disciples. The two languages were closely related, however, as close as Italian is to Spanish, and both used the same alphabet.
    Yeshu’a was the Aramaic version of the Hebrew name Yehoshu’a (Joshua), and means “Yahweh saves”.
    Throughout Christ’s lifetime in Galilee, Samaria and Judea of course the name Yeshu’a presented no problem for those who spoke Aramaic and read the Bible and prayed in Hebrew. But outside the Holy Land it become a different story as Good News spread.
    The Gentiles of the Roman Empire spoke Greek and Latin and simply could not pronounce Yeshu’a. It contained sounds that did not exist in their language. When the Gospels were written in Greek, therefore, the Evangelists had a real problem regarding how they might render our Lord’s name into acceptable Greek.
    The initially ‘Y’ (Hebrew and Aramaic letter ‘yod’) was easy. The Evangelists could use the Greek letter ‘iota’, written ‘I,’ since it was pronounced like the ‘y’ in yet.
    The next sound was a vowel, and that was a little more difficult. Unlike Greek, all the letters of the Aramaic-Hebrew alphabet are consonants. The marks for the vowels were not invented until some centuries after Christ and were simple dots and dashes, placed above or beneath the letters. At the time of Christ apparently, the first vowel in our Lord’s name was pronounced like the ‘a’ in gate. And the Evangelists believed they could approximate that sound by using the Greek letter ‘eta’. (The capital Greek letter looks just like our English letter H).
    Then followed the first of two almost insurmountable problems with Hebrew and Aramaic pronunciation. There was no letter for the ‘sh’ sound in the Greek alphabet. Such a familiar name as Solomon was actually Sh’lomo in Hebrew, Samson was Shimson and Samuel was Sh’mu-El. Like the Greek translators of these Old Testament Hebrew names, the Evangelists used the Greek sigma (s) for the Hebrew shin (sh) when rendering Christ’s name.
    The first three Greek letters ‘iota’, ‘eta’, and ‘sigma’, moreover came to be used in early Byzantine religious art as an abbreviation of Jesus name. As they look very much like the Latin letters IHS, the letters were adapted in Western European religious paintings and church architecture as a symbol for Christ’s name.
    The next letter in the Aramaic name Yeshu’a was the Hebrew letter ‘waw’, which here represents the sound ‘oo’, as in too. It was easy for the Evangelists to duplicate this sound in Greek. It takes two letters, however, the omicron (o) and upsilon (u).
    But that easy substitution was followed by the biggest problem of all: the final ‘a’ sound. In Greek, there was no substitute for the Hebrew letter ‘aiyin’. Though the ‘aiyin’ has no sound of its own, it causes the vowel that it controls to be pronounced deep in the throat. The Greek couldn’t do that, and neither could the Romans when speaking in Latin. Usually, a Greek or Roman would pronounce an ‘aiyin’-controlled ‘a’ like the ‘a’ in father.
    A final ‘a’ on a name however was most commonly feminine in both Greek and Latin. Thus it was decided to drop the Hebrew ‘aiyin’ completely and replace it with the final Greek sigma (s) which most often indicates the masculine gender in nouns.
    Throughout the Roman Empire then our Lord’s Aramaic name Yeshu’a, had become the Greek name Iesous, pronounced yeh-SOOS. And this remained Christ’s name throughout the Roman Empire as long as Greek remained the dominant language.
    But after some centuries Greek lost its favored position and Latin took its place. In the last quarter of the fourth century, the Bible was translated from Greek into Latin by *St. Jerome who had no trouble rendering the Greek Iesous into Latin, it became Iesus. The accent, however, was moved to the first syllable and the name pronounced YAY-soos, since the Romans liked to accent the second from the last syllable.
    In about 14th century, in the scriptoria of the monasteries where Bibles were copied by hand, Monks began to elongate the initial ‘I’ of the words into a ‘J’. (The pronounciation remained the same-like the ‘y’ in yet but the Monks thought a ‘J’ looked better). Probably the first Monks to do this were Germans because the letter ‘j’ in that language sounds the same as the ‘y’ in English. The name Iesus, consequently, evolved into the familiar written form of Jesus by the 17th century. Everyone still pronounced it YAY-soos, however, as it was in the official liturgical Latin.
    Way back in the fifth and sixth centuries, some pagan Germanic tribes called the Angles and Saxons invaded England. St Augustine of Canterbury came to convert them to Christianity in A.D.396. Of course St. Augustine established Jerome’s Latin translation as England’s official Bible. The Anglo-Saxon learned that our Lord’s official Latin name was Iesus. Naturally the Germanic Anglo-Saxon converted the initial Latin ‘I’ into the German ‘J’. They pronounced the name, however, as YAY-zoos, since a single ‘s’ between two vowels is sounded like our ‘z’ in Germanic languages.
    When the Normans invaded England in A.D.1066 they brought with them the French language. Since neither the Anglo-Saxons nor the Normans would surrender their language to the other, the two become wedded and eventually evolved into Modern English.
    The Normans did influence the pronunciation of the first letter of Our Lord’s name, though, they brought the French pronunciation of ‘j’ (jh), which evolved into our English sound of ‘j’.
    When King James commissioned the first official translation of the Bibles into English in the early 17th century, the Latin Iesus was carried over unchanged into the new English Bible. The average English citizen of the day probably pronounced the name JAY-zus which ultimately evolved into our modern English JEE-zus.
    The long process was now complete. A name that began as the Aramaic **Yeshu’a would remain written in English as it was in Medieval Latin, but now would be pronounced in English speaking countries as the familiar and loving name of the One who is our Savior, JESUS.

    *St. Jerome name is Eusebius Hieronymus A.D.347 – A.D.419

    **Aramaic Name “Yeshu’a” is pronounced “Yahshu’a” in Aramaic and “Yahshu’a” in Hebrew

  6. Dan says:

    How does South Korea figure in Isaiah 24:15, then???

    That country is teeming with christians (not roman catholics). Check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_Asia

    In Seoul, there are churches meeting in almost every corner — much more numerous than those in Metro Manila.

  7. Santos says:

    Well pointed-out brother. But I think it is also important to point out that whole chapter of Isaiah 24 talks about God’s punishment upon the earth sometime in the future, and Isaiah is calling upon the remaining survivors to give glory to the Lord and exalt His name – and some of those survivors will definitely be in the Philippines.

    God bless you.

  8. The admin team would like to appreciate your opinion posted on this page. We are pleased to welcome your comments and opinion you may have for any purpose may be for clarification or for the truth.
    Touching about the saved souls from the far east that is probably in the country of many islands in the Philippines, perhaps the saved souls would not be remnant of Israel but they were the product of preaching the gospel in the land from the original witnesses coming from the true church of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem (Acts 1:8). When the church in Jerusalem scattered abroad Acts 8:1 it was the starting point that the plan of salvation come to its fulfillment which is to reach out even unto the utter most part of the earth.

  9. elane says:

    My point in support for the Philippines as the islands in the sea with ref. to Isaiah 24:15, look at the new Philippines peso notes . It takes on the qoute from
    Psalm 33:12 ““Pinagpala ang bayan na ang Diyos ay ang Panginoon (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord) “. That qoute on every new edition Philippine peso bills alone nailed it – the Philippines is the Islands in the sea !

    Don’t based all you see of Philippine Christianity based from what you see in Manila. Manila is mostly saturated with paganistic stubborn Catholic based Filipinos who stick to their their IDOLATRIES. No wonder Manila always gets struck with disasters.
    Look into the smaller islands , true churches of christ , awakened christians leaving the old Catholicism are growing in number.

    I can’t talk much about Korea, there’s revival in Korea and it’s true , but I don’t think it can catch up with the number of the awakened growing churches of christ – born again believers in the Philippines.

    God bless !

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